Listening to the bees - Webinar

Thursday 14th of February 8 - 9.30pm (GMT)

It is well known that the priceless honey bee is facing a crisis world-wide. Whole colonies collapse in tragic numbers, pests and diseases grip the hives and pesticides are named as the number one contributor to the weakening of the bee immune system and general health. This is all true. But there is another major factor contributing to the decline of the honey bee and sadly that is modern beekeeping.

Over the last couple of hundred years, beekeeping has devolved into a producer-consumer relationship with industrial beekeepers essentially becoming factory farmers. The methods employed to maximise honey production come at the expense of the bees ability to express themselves and the hive in the way that is natural and beneficial to them and this is weakening them.

Fortunately, there is a movement of beekeepers springing up around the world who wish to keep their bees in a more natural way using no chemicals in the hive, providing more natural shaped hives and even helping the bees re-wild themselves back into the forests. 

What I have discovered in my own experience with 'keeping' bees is that the most important thing is to stop relating to them as 'non-sentient producers' working for us but instead see them for what they are: wise, intelligent beings with their own destiny to fulfil. In essence, to respect them once again.

Next, we can learn how to listen to them, both by observation and direct communication. Then we can begin to understand what they want and need and provide that for them. I call this Bee-led beekeeping and it is about allowing the bees to show us the way into a co-creative, mutually beneficial relationship for the good of us all.

This webinar will give a glimpse into the world of listening to the bees. It will be in parts experiential and we will need to shift our inner position to really understand and be receptive to hearing the bees. This can take time but with willingness, we can begin to experience a completely new relationship with the bees almost straight away.
I will also share some of my experiences of listening to the bees and how I have incorporated that into not only beekeeping but other aspects of how I relate to and regenerate the land. I will share the vision for the Bee-forest and Bee-temple Sanctuary that is part of the work of the Awakened Forest Project. There will also be time for questions and answers.
We will be using Zoom for the webinar, which is an online video meeting platform. If you have not used it before it is very easy to use - more details below.

Registration is free and you can register by following this link:

If you can't make it to the webinar you can register anyway and I will send you the recording.
If you wish to make a gift for the webinar which will go towards the creation of the Bee Forest Sanctuary here in Portugal feel free to do so by Paypal or bank transfer - details below.
For Paypal use this address:
Or transfer to British bank:
Elizabeth Williams
Account number:   11833460
Sort code:   30 - 80 - 85
or a Portuguese bank
Credito Agricola
Elizabeth Williams
IBAN  PT50 0045 3451 4029 7312 914 87

We will be using Zoom for the webinar, which is an online video meeting platform. If you have not used it before it is very easy to use.

  • The link to connect to the Salon will ask you to download the Zoom app onto your computer/ smartphone. It is an easy process. Just follow the Zoom prompts. If you have not used it before I recommend allowing extra time for you to get set up (even the day before the meeting).

  • If possible, use a quiet location from which you will join the webinar.  For better sound quality and less background noise, we recommend using a headset.

  • For FAQ about Zoom use this link:

  • The webinar will be recorded for educational purposes. If you would like to be removed from the recording, please let me know prior to the webinar and send an email to


Thursday 14th of February 8 - 9.30pm (GMT)

It is well known that the priceless honey bee is facing a crisis world-wide.

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Many people have asked us how they can help in the wake of the fires and all we have lost. We are very touched and grateful for these offers of support. Here are some ways you can help:

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